Logan (2017)

I was already warned that Logan will be a very violent film; however, I wasn’t prepared for the actual level of violence. It was way (way) too much for me. And not just the blood and torture and murder, I have seen all of that in films before and I am more or less okay with it, but the main thing I disliked about Logan was how heavy and depressing it felt.

I am not a fan of these superhero films, I guess I should have started with that; nevertheless, in most cases they are a great way to escape reality for a world far more exciting than ours. So it has to be interesting and above all – it has to be light. And Logan was the exact opposite.

First of all, I don’t fancy films set in future (and Logan takes place in 2030s), since futuristic simply isn’t my thing. Secondly, I don’t like violence simply for the sake of violence – we don’t live in a fairytale world and bad things happen, but what’s the point of ten minutes of massacre if it doesn’t do anything for the plot? I guess nothing sells a film or a TV show better than unnecessary nudity and violence. What a time to be alive, right? But most of all – I don’t like films showing the end of the protagonists who are still alive and kicking in films to come. And what about the lost and found child plotline again? Didn’t they just use it in the previous X-Men film with Eric? I know that in the universe of these films time is a relative concept and future can be changed in a blink of an eye (e.g. X-Men: Days of Future Past), but still.

I know that people seem to like this film, and probably it is a great send-off for dear old Hugh, but I left the cinema with a heavy heart – and that’s not what a film should do. However, I’m curious how they will introduce the new Wolverine.


 

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2016 Film Favorites

As 2016 is rapidly approaching its end, it’s time to take a step back and evaluate all the films seen this year. There were a lot of shitty films and a lot of really great ones. However, this post won’t be about the best films – it will be about my personal favourites, five of them to be more precise (because you have to draw a line somewhere, don’t you?). So let’s take a step down the memory lane in no particular order, shall we?

1.) Star Wars: The Force Awakens – I have never been a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise. I wasn’t born when the first films came out and the other three were a tad depressive for my taste. However, I had seen them all, so it seemed a natural step to go and have a look at the new episode. And I loved it! The plot and the protagonists sucked me in. You have no idea the time I have spent on the Internet reading various theories about this film – mostly Kylo Ren related. The next episode cannot come quickly enough.

2.) X-Men: Apocalypse – this one is on my list mostly due to the bromance between McAvoy and Fassbender and their characters, I believe that I have watched all possible youtube interviews with them. I had no expectations of this film (I don’t like superhero films as such), so I wasn’t disappointed. It was interesting and entertaining. And I really, really want another film just for the sake of Magneto’s father and son plot – I felt robbed of that in this one.

3.) Me Before You – is a living proof that you can take serious topics and make them into a light and positive film. This was one of the best romantic films in a loooong time. I wasn’t sure about the actors at first, I had my own idea of who should play whom, when reading the book, but they were great. All of them – I couldn’t have asked for a better cast. And the soundtrack – I loved every single song from the film. Such a sweet film, though I did have a tiny little cry in the end.

4.) Bridget Jones’s Baby – was my favourite rom-com of this year and I know what I’m saying – I went to see it four (!) times. I have a huge crush on Patrick Dempsey and Bridget and Mark’s storyline is one of the best ones there is. The film was adorable and funny – everything I keep missing in the majority of today’s romantic comedies.

5.) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – I challenge you to find someone who has seen this film and didn’t like it. I’m serious! It’s impossible to dislike it. Even if you don’t enjoy the plot, the beasts are too adorable and cute not to like. And the film is funny and allows you to return to the land of Harry Potter. The best part? There are four more films to go. Yay!

So here are my Top 5 films of 2016. Which films did you enjoy the most this year? Please share in case I have missed something great. Anyway – put on some cosy clothes and your favourite film and have a relaxing evening. It’s Christmas after all. Have a merry one!

A Wish for Christmas (2016)

Nothing says Christmas is coming better than a Hallmark Christmas film; hence, A Wish for Christmas was on my list. More will probably follow, sorry! What can I say – Christmas time is the perfect time for cheesy rom-coms with a sprinkle of holiday magic.

There most probably is no need to add that this film is not a wow film that you will remember for years to come. But it’s light and romantic, and a bit funny, with beautiful cast members (I usually select my Hallmark films based on the hotness of the male lead – this one was quite cute). What I like about Hallmark Christmas films is that they really get you in the holiday spirit. With their decorations, storybook-like villages and heaps of snow, they allow the viewer to believe in magic and the power of love.

Sure, the plot was a bit unreal – when on a business trip your boss tries to hit on you (no matter how handsome he is), it might count as sexual harassment. Also, there were parts that were over the top cheesy.

But, hey, Hallmark is Hallmark so I knew what I was getting in to. They use the same plot patterns every year, and for some reason they seem to work – I’m a living proof of that.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

I was quite reluctant to go and see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but I’m so glad that I did. This was most probably the sweetest film in a long time. Definitely a must see (even if you didn’t particularly like Harry Potter).

Firsty – these creatures! Oh my god! They were the cutest thing ever! Especially the niffler. Go and see at least for the sake of the niffler! It’s impossible not to like him. Secondly, there were a lot of comedy elements. The Harry Potter films were more on the depressive side, but this film was quite light (it most probably will get darker during the next parts, though).

What I didn’t like was Colin Farrell’s plotline. I had such high hopes for his character! I really wanted him to be as ambiguous as Severus Snape, so the real plot twist was a real disappointment. I don’t think I have got over it yet. And I wasn’t very fond of so much time being allocated to the American Ministry – it could have been cut shorter.

However, as I already said, this is a wonderful film. It will entertain everyone who goes to see it and for Harry Potter fans, well, for us it will be like coming home after a long journey. And did I mention the niffler?

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

Our Kind of Traitor might have been a semi-decent thriller, if it hadn’t been so far-fetched. Well, at least the cast was quite good, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.

I just simply couldn’t understand the motivation of McGregor’s character. When a member of the Russian mob asks for his help, he pulls a Robert Langdon and really goes for it. Perhaps I’m not such a humanitarian, since it didn’t seem neither believable nor reasonable. OK, the mobster has a bunch of kids who all might be killed *sob, sob*, but is that really a valid argument? Would you risk your life for virtual strangers? Also, some of the characters seemed way too stupid to be involved in such high stake games. For instance, using one’s phone whilst hiding in a safe house definitely qualifies as a silly thing to do.

The only thing I appreciated was the fact that the film used Russian speaking actors for Russian characters. All due respect to the American actors, but their Russian accent is too horrible to be taken seriously.

All in all, an average film. At one point one of the character asks the other one ‘Why are you still here?’ to which the other replies – ‘I don’t know.’ And that sums up my feelings while watching this film. I have no idea why I even bothered to watch it till the end.

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

I have been waiting for The Light Between Oceans for what seemed like forever. Was the film worth the wait? Yes, it was. It didn’t take my breath away, but it was a beautiful screen adaptation of an extremely emotional novel.

Firstly, the film had an amazing soundtrack that was present throughout the film. You know, dramas usually tend to be quite quiet – you can hear your neighbours munching on their popcorn or your stomach rumbling. Not with this film. Really, really well-chosen score! Secondly, the shots were gorgeous. Everything – the scenery, the angle of the camera, the colours – it was a pleasure to watch. You can say that this was a work of art, not just some blockbuster. Thirdly, at least for me, Vikander was the star of this film. Fassbender was handsome (without the moustache, of course) and their level of chemistry was over the roof (no wonder they became a couple in real life). However, Vikander’s acting was the one that made me feel as if someone had punched me in the gut. Oh, the emotions! And I want to mention the little girl who played their daughter – what an adorable child! I understand how hard it is to work with small children, but she was perfect. A new celebrity in the making, most probably.

To sum up, the film will give you all the feels. I have to admit that it is a bit slow, but it might be due to the fact that I had already read the book, so there were no surprises left for me. All in all, a beautiful film with a beautiful cast – it’s impossible to dislike it.

The Shallows (2016)

The Shallows is an entertaining film that doesn’t seem to have any ambition of being something else. Which is good.

Blake Lively is gorgeous, as always. However, I cannot avoid mentioning the fact that she could have probably worn a little less revealing bikini, but, hey, you have to attract the male audience in some way, right? And it wasn’t so annoying as in other action films where the main female character runs around scantily dressed – she was a surfer, so it can be forgiven. Actually, Blake did a nice job here. It was so easy to feel what she was feeling – fear, pain, hunger, thirst and also anger. The Shallows was a one (wo)man show and it managed to pull it off.

What I didn’t like was the ending. There were a few times when the film crossed the line into the ridiculous and unbelievable section, but the ending got the most of it. I simply didn’t and couldn’t believe it.

Nevertheless, it didn’t spoil the film. It was the perfect popcorn-crunching thriller that is engaging, but doesn’t leave a long-lasting impression. In short – a fun distraction.